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This Is Not a Cab Driver: JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI Film Review

By at November 22, 2015 | 3:08 pm | 0 Comment

This Is Not a Cab Driver: JAFAR PANAHI’S TAXI Film Review

4.5 / 5 stars For the second time in his career, the famously outspoken director Jafar Panahi has made a film with an uncredited cast and crew. He had to. Since the Iranian government banned him from filmmaking in 2010, Panahi has made his culturally poignant films in secret, and protected those that contribute. If you’re not familiar with Panahi, you’d expect more...

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Trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s QUEEN OF EARTH

By at July 27, 2015 | 9:54 pm | 1 Comments

Trailer for Alex Ross Perry’s QUEEN OF EARTH

Can you name the independent director smart enough to know that Elisabeth Moss should be a bona fide film star? Alex Ross Perry is the answer, he of the enticing throwback style (think Allen meets Cassavetes) that pervades his breakout The Color Wheel and critics' favorite, Listen Up Philip. In the latter film, Perry gives Moss a juicy supporting role as Jason more...

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Training Days: RESULTS Film Review

By at June 13, 2015 | 10:36 am | 1 Comments

Training Days: RESULTS Film Review

4 / 5 stars Defining Andrew Bujalski’s Results as a "romantic comedy" or "love triangle" seems appropriate at first. But the genre format doesn't hold, quickly dissolving in this tangled story of two health nuts and a rich slob. The dialogue inhabits its own space, with an originality that Hollywood writers either don’t use or don’t get. And little surprises more...

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The French-Yiddish Connection: FELIX AND MEIRA Film Review

By at May 28, 2015 | 10:20 pm | 2 Comments

The French-Yiddish Connection: FELIX AND MEIRA Film Review

3 / 5 stars If movie love stories were ranked based on the oddity of their pairings, Felix and Meira would fall closer to Harold and Maude than the latest Nicholas Sparks tearjerker. The problem is director and co-writer Maxime Giroux might think the high concept is enough to keep our interest – yes, it’s intriguing, but it can’t hold up a movie on its own. more...

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